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INDIGO ALCHEMY: Extract Fresh Indigo Pigment, Make Your Own Watercolor Paint, Dye Vat, Maya Blue Pigment, Blue Paper, and Indigo Wool Fleece for Felt (Saturday 2)

October 23, 2021 @ 09:00 - 12:00

Michel will introduce a revolutionary method of extracting indigo pigment in the form of fresh paste from powdered dried leaves of Indigofera plants. This method can be used in your home studio without having access to a field of indigo plants at their time of harvest.  Michel will demonstrate the advantages of this fresh pigment paste, make your own watercolor paint, and introduce resourceful strategies to utilize all indigo pigment for a beautiful dye vat to expand your art practice. You will have step-by-step instructions as well as recordings from the class to review and guide your practice at home. Michel will provide a manual covering INDIGO pigment, botanically, chemically, and with historical practices. In addition, he will explain how indigo pigment/dye can be extracted from fresh indigo plants such as Isatis tinctoria (Woad).

Indigofera suffruticosa or Anil is native to the subtropical and tropical Americas, including the southern United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America as far south as northern Argentina. This species has been widely introduced to other parts of the world and today has a pantropical distribution. It is an erect branching shrub growing to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall with pinnate leaves and is commonly found growing in dry, highly disturbed areas.


The indigo workshop structure includes two Saturdays (3 hours each) on 16 and 23 October 2021 with a week in between to experiment and observe your own indigo extraction.  Enjoy your own dye pigment in two ways – start a vat and dip fabric or fibers in an organic indigo dye; or use the fresh paste for painting. Students will receive Michel’s Indigo Manual #2, Students Prep & Info sheet, Q&A sheet, and access to the recordings for one year.

The workshop cost is $350. The workshop materials you will need are detailed in the Student’s Prep & Info Sheet.  Additionally, 1kg of powdered dried Indigofera leaves, maximum of 2kg per student, and Maya Blue Mix (2 packages per student) can be purchased from shop.slowfiberstudios.com at 33% discount with a CODE that will appear on your Eventzilla Registration Receipt.

Recordings from both sessions and all documents and PowerPoint presentations will be shared with the class for review and to accommodate students in different time zones. During the week between the two sessions, you will be given assignments to digest what you learned and bring back your samples to share.

You will be invited to a PRIVATE FaceBook group “SFS Indigo & Shibori Workshop” to share images of your work and exchange comments



October 23, 2021
09:00 - 12:00
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